Are My Fingerprints on Record?

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Any person with an arrest record likely has fingerprints stored within an official database. Some jobs also require fingerprinting for a background check. Certain government license applications and social services have fingerprinting prerequisites as well.

The FBI maintains a national fingerprint database called the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. This digital stockpile combines the records from every form of fingerprint collection. It is accessible year round and usually returns results within 30 minutes. FBI estimates indicate that nearly one in six Americans has a fingerprint on record. Prints found at a crime scene but not identified by the system are stored for a potential future comparison.